Ollie Hynd’s blog: 50 days to go to London Paralympics

Olympic Torch Ollie Hynd
Olympic Torch Ollie Hynd

THAT time flies is something you often hear, but with the 50 days to go mark approaching, the clock does seem to be ticking rapidly towards my first Paralympic Games now.

At this stage in training, we are nearing the point at which things become more about getting ready for competitive action, having worked hard to build up our long term fitness.

It is good to know you have reached that point, and to be able to think back about how much you have done and how much hard work you and your coaches have done to reach that point.

Your mindset begins to shift too, as you think about competitive goals and what you want to achieve.

My own goals have been fairly simple and consistent, namely to do the best that I can on the biggest stage I have faced in my career so far.

For me, this big stage is something I am really looking forward to, especially with a home crowd and knowing that a lot of my family and friends will be there to cheer me on.

Recently, I have been to my old primary school and I was really touched by the send-off I got and how keen everyone was to wish me well.

The arrival of the Olympic torch relay in Mansfield was also a special day, and a reminder that the games were drawing nearer.

Despite it being a really wet day, it was great to see everyone turn out for such an occasion.

Holding the torch was also a really great moment for me, and made a lot of the aims I have worked towards a lot more real.

It is important to keep hold of days like the torch relay to remind you of what you are working towards.

More and more of my life is geared towards the games themselves too, as school is now finished and the other commitments I have outside of swimming reduce.

One of the most notable things I did was a poster for the Variety Club, which should hopefully be able to be seen at a location near you soon.

The photographer was brilliant, and he got a fantastic shot of me doing a butterfly stroke, rising up through the water.

It is also great to be able to support such worthy causes as the Variety Club, which do a lot to make a positive difference to the lives of others.

I had better leave it there, but hope to talk to you again before the games.

Lastly, I would like to say a big thank you for all the support I have received, and to the Chad for giving me the chance to talk to you in this way.